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Shaq Fits the Fun Ship Brand

Shaquille O'Neal as Carnival's newly-named Chief Fun Officer.

Former basketball star Shaquille O’Neal is now Carnival’s newly-named Chief Fun Officer. Yes, Shaquille O’Neal. Of course it makes sense for he embodies the kind of people Carnival wants on its ships: social, happy and a tad goofy around the edges.

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Deb's Poetry Break

Auld Lang Syne

By Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely youll buy your pint cup!
and surely Ill buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o kindness yet,
for auld lang syne

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But weve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

And theres a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o thine!
And well take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
well tak a cup o kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely yell be your pint-stowp!
and surely Ill be mine!
And well tak a cup o kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
and pud the gowans fine;
But weve wanderd mony a weary fit,
sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidld i’ the burn,
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roard
sin auld lang syne.

And theres a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie’s a hand o thine!
And well tak a right gude-willy waught,
for auld lang syne.

Send Deb your favorite travel poems.

History of Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne has become an anthem sung the world over at New Year.

'Auld Lang Syne' letter

In 1788 the Robert Burns sent the poem ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to the Scots Musical Museum, indicating that it was an ancient song but that he’d been the first to record it on paper.

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Here’s How Being in Power Messes With Your Brain, According to Science

From the bully on the playground to the big-wig in the corner office, power dynamics are everywhere in our lives.

Courtesy Hilary Brueck, BUSINESS INSIDER

men in power

A flood of allegations that powerful men in media, politics, and tech have been abusing their positions of power and preying on those below them have surfaced in recent months. High-profile figures including Harvey WeinsteinPresident Donald TrumpKevin SpaceyMatt LauerRoy Moore and, Senator Al Franken and have been accused of various kinds of unwanted advances, including exposing themselves to co-workers and employees, groping, and rape. People are starting to wonder: Is there something about the rush of being in power that leads people to commit these despicable actions?

Science suggests that there are unusual things happening in the brains of power-holders. Decades of study have shown that the psychology and physiology of powerful people are notably different from those of average people – down to the architecture of the brain’s prefrontal cortex, and the way the heart pumps blood.

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The Travel Guys

Hands down, this Canadian gem is our pick for the most hilarious, madcap travel show on the cybersphere.

Here’s a look back as the Travel Guys take on the Yukon.

WATCH Travel Guys Take on the Yukon

Random Acts of Canine Kindness

Cedric the Dog takes a well-earned break after organizing a protest at an altright Neo-Nazi rally in Idaho.

Dog Quotations

The Best Photos of 2017

From Harry to Kendrick to Paris, the year’s best original images that appeared in the pages of ‘Rolling Stone’ and RollingStone.com

Wener Herzog photo at Rolling Stone
German director Werner Herzog. Photo credit: Dan Winters

From Aguirre, the Wrath of God and The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser to Heart of Glass and Stroszek –  German director Werner Herzog is still obsessively seeking a deeper truth.

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Beatle Beat Trivia

In the ‘The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Write” by Steve Turner (2017), John Lennon claimed there were two songs which were recycled from previous Beatle songs:

John Lennon, Beatle days

Anytime At All

Yes It Is

Name the previous songs in which they were based.

(answers below)

30 Easy, Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

Courtesy Jenny Sugar, PopSugar.fitness.com

Go Vegan
Go Vegan 1 Day a Week. Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography

New Year’s resolutions don’t have to feel overwhelming and impossible! Here are 30 easy changes you can make this year that won’t take much effort, but will make you feel healthier and happier.

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Where Are They Now

Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman, retired 2004

Numerous publications have listed an end-of-the-year in memoriam of the passing of famous figures we lost in 2017. Here’s list of actors that are still with us, but have slipped from the limelight.

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How the Wrong Holiday Gift Traumatized Me as a Transgender Child

Corey Rae as a child
Photo credit: STYLECASTER/Corey Rae

Giving the perfect gift can be stressful for anyone during the holidays. Regardless of your religion, if you do participate in the tradition of giving gifts, there are children who want to receive toys based on their preferred gender identity — not necessarily the one they were assigned at birth. Throughout my 24 years of wish lists, I have always wanted more feminine presents, and I know the importance of receiving a gift that will bring pure joy.

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Time Capsule Cinema

THX 1138 movie poster

George Lucas’ THX 1138 – A Look Back

By Walt Mundkowsky

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Beatle Beat Trivia Answers

In the “The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Write” by Steve Turner (2017), John Lennon claimed there were two songs which were recycled from previous Beatle songs:

‘Anytime At All’ son of ‘It Won’t Be Long,’ which used same chord progression from C to A minor and back. Plus employing the same bawling vocal style.

‘Yes It Is’  son of ‘This Boy,’ same chords, harmonies & “double-Dutch” words.

Hard Day's Night 2017

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